Nov
2
Fri
“Beauty in Quiet Places” Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Nov 2 – Dec 31 all-day
"Beauty in Quiet Places" Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

Local artist Diana La Com finds beauty in quiet places. “Walking the many trails of the Santa Monica Mountains over the years has drawn me to depict what I see, from the distant skyline to sparkling stones in a stream, a flower, or simply patterns in nature. Always there is something surprising to remember, to inspire, to bring joy.” -D.L.C.

A portion of the funds from art sales will be donated to support further programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

 

The Visitor Center will be open from 9am to 4:30pm during the months of November through April.

Dec
15
Sat
CANCELLED Malibu Creek State Park Restoration @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
CANCELLED Malibu Creek State Park Restoration @ Malibu Creek State Park  | Calabasas | California | United States

Come join Mountains Restoration Trust for a morning outside as we work to restore the vegetation in Malibu Creek State Park!

We will be planting native trees and grasses, as well as removing weeds and invasive plants from the area. We will be planting natives like Coast Live Oaks, Purple Needlegrass, California Goldenrod and Hummingbird Sage.

You can enter the park through the main Malibu Creek State Park entrance, and park in the lower day use area. There will be signs to guide you in, and MRT staff to meet you there! Bring hat, water, snack, and sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701

Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek Tickets
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek | Oak Park | California | United States

Come help us remove crayfish from your creeks and streams! Crayfish are a non-native species to California, and they’re considered invasive because they cause quite a bit of damage to the aquatic ecosystems. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

PARKING: You are free to park anywhere within reason. This is near a residential area, so please be respectful of the folks who live there!

Our staff will meet volunteers on the Medea Creek Trail, which starts at the corner of Conifer Street and Parkview Drive.

This event is great fun for volunteers of all ages! Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701.

Winter Solstice Evening Hike @ Franklin Canyon Park - Lower Ranch Tickets
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Winter Solstice Evening Hike @ Franklin Canyon Park - Lower Ranch | Beverly Hills | California | United States

Description: Join us for an evening hike marking the astronomical beginning of winter as it will be the shortest day and longest night of the year. Hike up a moderate trail at sunset, identifying plants and stopping at a spectacular viewpoint overlook to discuss seasonal changes, identify planets and constellations. Meet at Ranch House parking lot. Hiking in the Lower Franklin Canyon area. Hike will take approximately 2.5 hrs. Please come dressed for changing temperatures and bring water.

​​P​arking lot address: 1936 Lake Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
​Parking lot coordinates: 34.106946, -118.415251​

Dec
16
Sun
CANCELLED San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Dec 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
CANCELLED San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike.

Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

History Hike at Rancho Sierra Vista @ Satwiwa Culture Center/Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
History Hike at Rancho Sierra Vista @ Satwiwa Culture Center/Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

Explore and learn! Join us for a short 1-mile guided hike at Rancho Sierra Vista, led by a Park Ranger who will speak on the ranching history of this site!

This hike will feature occasional stops along the trail where we will learn about the different periods and people who helped shape Rancho Sierra Vista.

It is estimated that this hike should be approximately 1 hour in length to cover both the hike and the talk with plenty of time afterwards for any questions!

We will be meeting and ending at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center.

Rain cancels.

Dec
18
Tue
Hike in Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon Tickets
Dec 18 @ 8:30 am
Hike in Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon | Beverly Hills | California | United States

Moderately paced 5 mile, 800 ft gain hike up and down a chaparral canyon, with a wonderful view of WLA and the Pacific Ocean, and beside a lake in the midst of Beverly Hills. Meet 8:30 AM at Franklin Park/Ranch parking lot. From 101 Fwy take Coldwater Canyon south 2 1/2 miles where it crosses Mulholland Drive West. Make a 90º turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive (sign reads Road Closed 800 yrds) and enter park. Pass upper parking lot at nature center, continue veering right around lake. Turn right at stop sign at bottom of lake, drive ½ mile and veer left on Lake Drive. Follow to end and park. Warning: Stop at camera monitored stop signs in park or you will be ticketed. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Dec
27
Thu
CANCELLED Dayhike in Malibu Creek State Park @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Dec 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
CANCELLED Dayhike in Malibu Creek State Park @ Malibu Creek State Park | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Moderately paced 8 mile 1000 gain hike including Lookout Trail with great views, Century Lake, and Reagan picnic area. Meet 8:30 AM at Cornell & Mulholland dirt parking area (from 101 Ventura Fwy take Kanan Rd, exit 36, south mile, turn left on Cornell and veer to right continuing south 3 miles, past Paramount Ranch, to paved entrance of dirt parking area on east side of street just south of Mulholland Hwy). Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Dec
29
Sat
CANCELLED “Welcome Walk” @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Dec 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
CANCELLED "Welcome Walk" @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Join a docent for a leisurely walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed in the park. Meet at the Mail Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Jan
3
Thu
Hike Backbone Trail to McAuley Peak (2049) @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jan 3 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Hike Backbone Trail to McAuley Peak (2049) @ Malibu Creek State Park | California | United States

Moderately paced 1700 gain 6 mile route (optionally 10 miles, 2500 gain) on Backbone Trail with great mountain and ocean views. Meet 8:30 am at Backbone Trailhead paved parking area on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd exit and go approximately 4 miles south, passing Malibu Creek State Park. After passing Tapia Park and Piuma Rd, cross bridge over Malibu Creek and parking area is on the right. Or park on east side of street at Piuma Road in dirt parking area and be very careful crossing street to trailhead. Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen, $ for parking lot. Rain cancels.